A Little Bit of Blogress

Now, well past the 6 year blogging mark (my 7th free blog spot) and given the current pandemic situation, I thought it was time to take stock of where I am in this whole blogging gig. Three occurrences over the past little while caused me to reevaluate if I have, in fact, made any real progress.

  1. When nominated for the 10 Day photo challenge, I looked back through my old photos (some were part of previous blog posts/others were not) for ideas, and thought, I have so many other interesting posts I could make, rather than just detailing short dreary walks around my small City. Not that these dreary walk posts will disappear immediately, as I still have quite a few in the hopper.
  2. As my muse and proofreader Patty read my 10 day challenge photo posts, she suggested “Why don’t you go back to some of our previous trips and post about them. People are probably starving to see travel posts these days”. I thought, who wants to read posts about old trips? But, then, a lightbulb went on and I reconsidered.
  3. Reading another blogger’s post about how he assesses if the blogger he is reading is good, another lightbulb went on. He said that when he started reading or following another blogger, he always looked back at their early posts to see how their style and skills progressed. Hmmmm.

With all this in mind, I went right back to the beginning. No, not the moment of my birth, the beginning of my blogging history. As regular readers know, my first blog spot was set up in November 2014, to keep friends and relatives up to date on our adventures during our 7 1/2 week retirement trip to New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver. It was a Private site, so likes and comments were not the main focus here. In fact, there were very few of those. But, it worked, kinda.

I popped open a few of those posts and started reading. Holy Crap, at the beginning, it was like I was making a shopping list…we did…we drove…we ate…we stayed. How excitingzzzzzzz! Good thing it was private. Next, I noticed was that each post only had 3-5 photos. They kinda told a story, but not quite. Then, I remembered why my posts were this way. I was blogging daily during the trip and was having way too much fun to spend a lot of time writing posts. By the end of that trip, despite time pressures, my writing style had evolved, in a good way.

The differences between these first posts and the ones on my current site were monumental: writing style (including poetry), posts were now built around my photos and all posts (except time specific ones) are time shifted, so I can enjoy any vacay that comes my way.

For a few days, I puzzled over what to do to break the current posting monotony and then thought, if I am going to post about a historical trip, why not start with that very trip.

To make it easier, I cut and pasted the old posts, complete with original titles into my new blog spot, reviewed my litany of photos and then reworked prose and photos to make it less like a shopping list. I am not yet through the whole project, but it has been a lot of fun and fond remembrance in the process. The jury on my success or failure is out until my readers see these posts. I am not ready to start posting them yet, but, just thought I’d let you know what was spinning in my rather cluttered brain.

Thanks to all my readers for putting up with my ramblings.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

36 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Blogress

    1. Oh. You should never encourage a “groan”man. You are right Crystal. I think settling for mediocre posts is making me less creative, so time to kick it up a notch, like with this endeavour and my weekend posts about Jasper in winter. Sometimes, we just need others to give us a swift kick in the right direction. Thanks for reading and your ongoing support. Allan

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  1. Such a great decision, Allan! I’ve had similar thoughts to go back through my old photos, and check what I have never had a chance to post about. For example about Jasper LOL I still have a half page scribblings, which never got alive. New Zealand and Australia are on our list, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to your posts!
    take care, xx

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    1. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement Christie. I have been blessed with being able to travel to many places. The least I can do is share the experience and maybe inspire others to try something different or new. Stay well. Allan

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  2. I haven’t been with you since “ancient times”, but I can certainly imagine that your posts have evolved for the better. This writing shtuff takes practice. It hurts the brain muscle periodically, but strengthens it, too.
    You do good stuff, Allan. The photography is great and the words go well with the photos. It’s worth the time to swing by and give your posts a look. Since your posts tend to revolve around pics of being out and about, I would posit that many of your readers get to live vicariously through your documented outings. And if not that, it’s just entertaining. It’s obvious you enjoy it and that makes it even better for us.
    Keep it going.

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    1. Many thanks for your feedback, Scott. Yes, the brain strain is real. Sometimes, it is wise to just shut it down and come back another day. I sometimes think I have an unfair advantage by using my photos, but I find they provide inspiration for my prose and poetry. I proofread my posts a couple of times before they go out and yet still miss things, so there is still room for improvement. So glad you are enjoying. It is great to have you as a reader. I enjoy reading your posts as well as they give me something different to read. I am not a gamer and do not play Dungeons and Dragons, but your posts give me insight into these areas. My sons are keen board gamers and enjoy strategy games. I must admit that I enjoy strategy games from time to time, but too many and too late at night hurts my head. Looking forward to reading more. Stay well, my friend. Allan

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    1. Hi Joni. I agree. Writers/bloggers/etc. should not allow themselves to get stuck in a rut. When Covid came along, it was something new, but it is time to push on with something different. It was a good look back and a push to move forward all at the same time. Stay well. Allan

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      1. We are doing fine, staying on our own, listening to the science and following the rules. Doctor visits are virtual and we were at the dentist last week for the first time in a year. The best news is that our son who works with Covid patients in the hospital daily got his first vaccine shot last week and is scheduled for his second. We will just take ours when the list gets to us. We miss the travel and the human contact, but are grateful for Skype and Zoom. Thanks for asking. Stay well. Allan

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      2. Oh thanks for letting me know. That is a blessing. I am so glad to hear it. We are doing exactly the same. Please let your son know that I think he is a hero. I am so impressed with the healthcare workers. I am glad he got the vaccine what a blessing. I think if everyone would follow the safety rules until vaccinated we might get a handle on this thing. Stay safe and give your son a hug for us. ❤️💕🤗love y’all PS you must be very proud of your son!!!

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      3. Thank you. As one of our relatives said so simply the other day…All you have to do is put your mask on and shut up. No hugging here yet with anyone outside your own household. Maybe in the fall, we can pass it on. Thanks Joni. Allan

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  3. I think it is a brilliant idea. I was reading that blog every morning and it generally put me off my usual reading habit. So I just got up earlier some could do both. It was so worth it.! Looking forward to your up dates. Beautiful photography never grows old.!!!

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    1. Thanks Linda and Lloyd. The reposts will give a lot more detail and many more photos in an easier to view size. Glad you think it is a good idea. I will start posting on that project in a month or so. Hope all is well. Two more days of good weather here and then winter arrives. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  4. That’s interesting as I was thinking the other day I should look and see if I could find my way back to your cross Canada trip — I started following you the other day.
    I can definitely see how I have evolved as a writer although the house blog (which you are so faithfully reading) is written more grocery list style as it’s a record of our activity. Where here I can do or say whatever and with my constant change in topics I rarely seem to be stuck or feel like I am in a rut. But yes change is good as it keeps us learning and that’s so important for that brain. I will follow along and see how your journey goes. Oh and I love that word! Blogress!

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    1. Thanks for the return visit Bernie. We are all looking for an escape, these days. In rereading my first blog posts, they could benefit from a refresh and a new audience. Your reno posts are perfect, written like a Project Manager would do them (this from a former Construction Project Manager). As always, thanks for your read, comments and encouragement. Allan

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    1. Ahhh, the ramblings of a cluttered mind. That reminds me of an incident that occurred on one of our recent walks. A teenage girl (maybe Grade 12) walked by us on the path and stopped and looked. She then turned back to tell us it was so unusual to see a couple holding hands. I turned to Patty and said she was really saying….Aren’t old people so cute”? With age comes wisdom and the ability to be silly. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  5. You know what they say, practice makes perfect. I sometimes cringe when I go back to my earlier posts, but it’s neat to see how my writing and storytelling has evolved. Looking forward to stepping through the time machine and going back to the beginning of your travel adventures!

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    1. Thanks so much. I had hoped I was not in this alone. Yeah, my early posts were kind of robotic, until I started to inject a bit of my quirkiness into them. Glad to have you along on the journey. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  6. Looking back to old and earlier posts is a great way to realise all the learning process that takes place when writing a blog. When I look back to my first posts I would like to re-do them all entirely, but then I think it´s part of the blogging journey to keep constantly improving. I don´t know how your blog was at the very beginning, but I really enjoy reading and the wonderful pictures of your current posts!

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    1. Thanks Blanca. It is a journey for sure. Glad you are enjoying. While I do not require many (any) of the beauty products shown on your site, the posts remind me of a saying my Mother always said to me…Little puffs of powder, little pats of paint, make a girl look like, what she ain’t. Being a women looks like hard work. Thanks for sharing your posts, as well. All the best Allan

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  7. Blogress is a great word, let’s see if it catches on. I’ve also started to go back and re-do some old blogs,I’m actually glad I had few readers at the start, the posts were very awkward. Looking forward to some of your re-dos since I missed the first year or two that you posted. Maggie

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    1. Thanks. I always look for a catchphrase heading and this one seemed to fit. Yes, I agree. Some of my first posts were cringe worthy. But, now that I am a month into that trip, I am seeing faint signs of hope. There was actually one post that I did not feel I needed to change. Thanks for reading Maggie and looking forward to your 2nd edition posts. Cheers. Allan

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